New York Fashion Week: The Top Runway Trends

4:15 AM 9/16/2016

by Sam Reed

A handy guide to what's trending for spring.

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It's been real, New York Fashion Week. But before we officially say goodbye, we've combed through the runways to identify the hottest trends to try now and later. 

  • Orange

    Rarely are fashion trends a sure thing, but we'd definitely place our bets on orange for spring. The traffic-stopping hue was spotted on a diverse range of runways — from Tory Burch's Palm Beach-inspired maxi dresses to DKNY's floor-length duster coats.

    For many brands (Milly, Jenny Packham, Delpozo, Victoria Beckham, Band of Outsiders, Rag & Bone, UAS by Tim Coppens, Narciso Rodriguez — the list goes on), the bold hue was the perfect accent color to liven up the mood. 

  • Velvet

    Typically a fall staple, Victoria Beckham made velvet a must-have for spring. The Brit used the heavier fabric in non-traditional ways, choosing to drape and pleat the material in bright shades of white, teal and lavender. 

    Crushed velvets were also spotted at Sies Marjan, where designer Sander Lak crafted pajama-esque shirts and cropped trousers in pastel shades of pink and baby blue. 


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  • Platforms

    These shoes are made for walking carefully. 

    Platforms were a hit on the catwalk once again this season at Proenza Schouler, Michael Kors and more, though no one went higher than Marc Jacobs, who sent shoes surpassing eight inches in height down his fashion rave-like runway. The look is a familiar one for the designer, who has made several similar pairs for muse Lady Gaga.

    A more reasonable version of the platform, known as the flatform, was spotted at Phillip Lim and Narciso Rodriguez, while Coach put its own spin on the platform creeper by outfitting them in studs and leather fringe. 


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  • Statement Sleeves

    Cold-shoulder and off-the-shoulder tops have been popular for a while now, and now fashion has moved on to its next iteration of shoulder-accentuating looks: statement sleeves.

    Michael Kors added playfulness to his blouses by adding ruffle details, while Rodarte's Kate and Laura Mulleavy went for drama, modernizing the '80s poofy shoulder on knee-length cocktail dresses. Proenza Schouler, too, played with a bold sleeve shape for their well-constructed looks.

    Meanwhile, fashion magician Josep Font of Delpozo crafted yet another exquisite collection filled with gravity defying architectural details on the sleeves. 


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  • Natural Hair

    The no-makeup makeup look reigned supreme once again, but this season, the hair finally matched the "I woke up like this" beauty attitude. 

    Rather than forcing models to straighten and then barrel curl their locks for the "beachy waves" trend that Hollywood has been obsessed with (and for which we can probably blame Blake Lively), several designers adopted a come as you are approach, playing up models' natural texture. 

    Afros, moppy curls and even fine-textured frizz were let loose at Marchesa, Ralph Lauren, Michael Kors and more — a welcome reprieve from uniformly pin-straight locks or unnaturally-wavy waves.

  • Psychedelic Florals

    The flower power feeling was alive and well this Fashion Week thanks to Michael Kors, Tory Burch and Thom Browne, each of whom sent boldly bright floral designs down the runway. 

    It was the color palette that was especially groovy, featuring '70s-inspired juxtopositions of blue, green and vibrant orange. 

  • Non-Traditional Shirts

    The traditional shirt underwent major deconstructive surgery this season. Laura Kim and Fernando Garcia of Monse were among the first to try draping and tailoring a men's shirt in different shapes, and they continued the pattern for spring. This time they mixed fabrics and continued to play with off-the-shoulder styles and oversize sleeves. 

    At Hood by Air, designer Shayne Oliver sent shirts complete with a tie — still in original plastic packaging — down the runway tucked under a hoodie-sport coat hybrid. (There's likely a metaphor in their somewhere.) 

    Alexander Wang also played with the traditional shirt, adding tie details and asymmetrical sleeves and collars. Notably, the designer cropped several styles, making for a boxier shape which was complemented by straps double wrapped around the models' bare midriffs.